Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion dies after being 'shot in the head' by police
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A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion has died after being shot in the head by police during a concert.
Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento, better known as Leandro Lo, died on Sunday.
He had been at a concert in Sao Paulo when he got into a scuffle with another man and was shot in the forehead.
The 33-year-old was taken to hospital but just hours later, sadly medics declared him brain dead.
The word legend is thrown around way to much in sports but it can’t be thrown around enough when it comes to your name in Jiu Jitsu || Leandro Lo, My heart and prayers to your family my brother. Rest easy my friend ❤️🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/XkLOCXNZHz— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) August 7, 2022
The police report into the death says that witnesses saw police officer Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo take a bottle from Lo’s table at Clube Sirio, according to a report on MMA Fighting.
This prompted Lo to take the officer down and hold him to the ground.
However, once they were separated, witnesses say Velozo got back to his feet and then pulled out a gun, firing at Lo’s forehead.
The champion was taken to Dr. Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya Hospital, where he later died. Lo’s lawyer has since confirmed his death, reports MailOnline.
Police have now launched a murder investigation, in which Velozo is suspect.
A very sad day for the BJJ community. Leandro was a legend. https://t.co/zxbCP2E2SK— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 7, 2022
Lo who has won eight World Championship titles as a black belt since 2012 was one of the most successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors of all time.
He also won gold in the light heavyweight division in California earlier this year.
Among his long list of achievements, he has also claimed several International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation trophies, eight Pan-American titles, seven Copa Podio grand prix, two European Opens as well as four Brazilian Nationals.
The news of Lo’s death has since sent shockwaves through the world of mixed martial arts.
Tributes have come pouring in for Lo on social media with former UFC fighter, Kenny Florian, calling it “a very sad day for the BJJ community”. He added that “Leandro was a legend.”
Jiu-Jitsu de luto.— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) August 7, 2022
RIP Leandro Lo.
Former MMA artist and commentator, Josh Thomson, said: “The word legend is thrown around way to much in sports but it can’t be thrown around enough when it comes to your name in Jiu Jitsu. Leandro Lo, my heart and prayers to your family my brother. Rest easy my friend.”
He was joined by UFC commentator, John Gooden, who wrote: “Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Leandro Lo. One of the greatest Jiu Jitsu players ever. Absolutely tragic. My condolences to his family and friends.”
American mixed martial artist, Dillon Danis, also paid tribute, writing: “RIP my brother Leandro Lo” followed by a heart emoji.
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